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Full text of "A present for infants, or, Pictures for the nursery"

PR E S E N T. 



Pictures for the Nursery. 




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Pictures for the Nursery. 



LONDON: 

PRINTED FOH DARTON, HARVEY, AND DARTON, 

No. 55, Gracechurch-Street. 
J819. 



Price Is. plain; or If. 6d. coloured. 



A PRESENT, &c. 



No. 1. Little Girl and Pitcher. 

X AKE care, little girl, that you do not 
fall into the water; for if once you fell in, 
you could not get out again, unless some- 
body happened to come to your assistance. 
When you are sent by your mother to fetch 
water, you should be careful how you dip 
your jug in; and after it is filled, you 
should go steadily home, without playing 
by the way. 

No. 2. Sheep and Lambs. 

Dearest Fanny, come to me, 

Take and eat my sweet grass here; 

Once you never us'd to flee, 
When with joy I did appear. 

But now, your lambkin by your side 

Takes all your thoughts and all your carei 

I may go, and run, and ride, 
You are careless how, or where. 

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No. 3. Man and Ass. 

" Turnips, cabbages, carrots, Ho! Now 
try, Ma'am ; I dare say you and I can 
agree upon a price for this bunch of tur- 
nips: they were fresh gathered this morn- 
ing, I assure ycJh ; and I think if you buy 
of me once, you will never buy of any body 
else. Pray, Ma'am, try my fine, fresh 
codlins. They are very cheap, and as 
large as you can get any where.*' 



A T o. 4. Milk-maid and Cow. 

How quiet that cow seems, which Molly 
the dairy-maid has just been milking. In 
some parts of the world there are wild 
cows, and buffaloes too, which will kill 
those who attack them, if they can ; but in 
this happy island, there are no fierce wild 
beasts, to frighten us from the fields by 
day, or disturb our slumbers by night. 



.No. 5. Gentleman and Boy riding. 

To Brighton or Worthing, and all with full speed, 
Which way are you going so mightily fast ? 

Take care of the reins, for your mettlesome steed 
Might stumble and lay you too low at the last. 

With spars and with boots you are finely set out, 
To take a long journey o'er hill and o'er dale ; 

But remember one thing 'tis of mighty import- 
Your poney may founder, and all his strength fail. 

Arid you, too, confess, when you weary have been, 
At the end of .your journey, wherever you roam ; 

That, tho' houses, and parks, and fine rivers you've seen, 
There's no place so happy, so sweet as your home. 



No. 6. Man and Woman. 

Ah, poor people, how sorry I am for 
you ! I hope you have not far to go before 
you see your nice little cottage. It is dis- 
mal walking in such weather; but as you 
are caught in the rain, you must make the 
best of your way, and be thankful you 
have a home to shelter you. 






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No. 7. The Gravel-pit. 
How industriously these men are work- 
ing. One is picking down the hard graveU 
with a pick-axe: the other is taking it up 
with a shovel, and putting it into a sieve. 
All the small pieces go through, and the 
great stones remain. The sifted gravel, I 
suppose, will be carried in a cart to some 
gentleman's garden, to make walks; and the 
stones will be used in mending the roads. 

.No. 8. Gardener. 
"May I dig a little for you, father? 1 
am sure I can dig very nicely, if you will 
but let me try" " And I can pull up the 
weeds/' said little Jane. " You are both 
mistaken," replied their father : " you, 
John, have not strength to put the spade 
far enough into the hard ground; and you, 
Jane, would be apt to pull up flowers as 
well as weeds : and so^you must both be 
satisfied to work in your own little gar- 
dens for the present, till the one is stronger, 
and the other wiser. 



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No. 9 The Well. 

The man who is drawing up water from 
the well, appears to have rather hard work. 
Wells are very useful things: in them is 
collected a great quantity of water, which 
can be drawn bp by means of a rope and 
bucket; and though it is some trouble to 
do this, we must be willing to take it, for 
the sake of getting such a useful, pleasant 
thing as water. 

No. 10. Little Girl and Ducks. 

" Oh you pretty little duck, how I 
I should like to nurse jou," said Amelia. 
" That would be a great unkindness," 
replied her father: "the little duck is 
fond of being in the water, and by the side 
of its mother; and therefore it would be 
quite unhappy in your w r arm hands. Little 
ducks and chickens run to their mother 
the moment they hear her call ; and little 
boys and girls should be obedient to their 
kind parents, because they love them af- 
fectionately." 



No. 11. Boys and Ass. 

I am glad to see these boys are not teas- 
ing their ass, but, on the contrary, are tak- 
ing pleasure in putting a bough on its head, 
to keep the flies off. Some boys are very 
cruel to poor asses. The dog in this pic- 
ture seems to be rather angry at something, 
but I cannot think at what ; for these good 
boys look as if they were kind to him, as 
well as to their donkey. 



No. 12. Children and Chaise. 

Oh ! how delightful and charming 
To take the fresh air in a chaise ; 

To gallop along without harming : 

Whip away ! what a dust you do raise ! 

Of trees and of ponds too beware ; 

Mind likewise to treat well your ass ; 
And then, with attention and care, 

Your time will in happiness pass. 



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No. 13. Chopping Wood. 

This man has in his hand a bill, and he 
is probably going to cut up the tree for 
fire-wood. The little girl seems to be 
catching the chips, to carry home to her 
mother. What a nice thing it is to see a 
little girl employed in helping her father; 
which, indeed, all little girls ought to en- 
deavour to do, because most parents do a 
great deal for their children ; and some have, 
like this man, to work 'very hard for them. 

No. 14. Harvest Field. 

Oh ! what a delightful sight is the har- 
vest-field. Our great Creator has made the 
corn grow, to make nice food for the use of 
man. One of these men is cutting down the 
corn, and the other is binding it up into a 
sheaf; whilst those at a distance are carry- 
ing a waggon-full home, to put into the barn. 
They have got a little cask of beer, which 
is a necessary refreshment, after having 
worked hard in the hot sun. 



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No. 15. Blind Man. 

To kindest pity now inclin'd, 

See these children wish to give 
A trifle to the poor and blind, 

Thus assisting him to live. 

See, all ragged and forlorn, 

He is resting by a tree; 
And to him the light of morn 

And shades of eve alike must be. 

Kind pity then, thou blessed gift, 
Help and relieve the sore distress'd ; 

And xip to heav'n his heart he'll lift, 
That you with mercy may be blest* 

No. 16. Man sowing Corn. 

This man is sowing seed, perhaps wheat 
or oats. The ground has been prepared by 
ploughing and harrowing. That box holds 
the seed. After the field is sown, a boy will 
be set to keep off the birds, which would 
otherwise come and eat up a great deal of it. 

A T o. ir.The Shepherd. 

" Remark," said a fond mother to her 
little girl, whilst admiring a fine flock of 



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sheep feeding in a green meadow, "how 
good our Heavenly Father is to all his crea- 
tures. He makes the grass, to serve the 
sheep for a soft couch to lie down upon 
when they are tired, and to afford them a 
pleasant meal when they are hungry." 



No. 18. Mother and Children. 

Some people are rich, and have plenty 
of every thing they wish for; whilst others 
are poor, and are obliged to be contented 
with few things. The rich farmer gives his 
poor neighbours leave to pick up the ears 
of corn that are scattered about, to make 
them a few loaves in the winter. See that 
cottager, with a load upon her head : her 
eldest girl is helping her; and a chubby 
little boy trudges joyfully by her side. 

No. 19. Errand Cart. 

If you have any parcels to send, good 
people, pray make haste and overtake this 
man, who is called an errand-man. He 



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makes it his business to carry parcels, for 
which you must pay him a small sum. 
His dog probably guards his parcels, when 
he has occasion to stop at a house and 
leave his cart. 

No. 20. Mill. 

Within this mill are two very large stones: 
one of them is kept quite quiet, whilst the 
other is moved round ; and the corn being 
put between them, is ground to a powder. 
Afterwards, all the coarse parts of the husk 
are taken away by means of sifting : this 
coarse part is called bran; and the fine 
white inside is flour, of which bread is 
made. 

No. 21. Dobbin. 

" Whoa, Dobbin!'' says a man to his 
horse : " if you go further into the pond, I 
shall have to follow you, which I shall not 
like, with my shoes and stockings on." The 
other horse is drinking very quietly. What 
a pleasant thing to have a nice pond to go 



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to when they are thirsty; and I hope the 
men also have got a nice supper at home, 
and kind wives and children to welcome 
their return. 

No. 22. Child and Chickens. 

" Chick, chick, chick, here is some corn 
for you, and crumbs of bread and cheese, 
which mamma saved for you after dinner. 
N6\v mind, you little things, don't quarrel 
about the pieces: if you do, I won't give 
you any more." 

JVo. 23.-Rabbit, Goat, and Hare. 

Here are three very pretty animals. The 
first is a rabbit, of a kind, gentle disposition. 
The second is a goat: he is by nature 
wild, and jumps about from crag to crag, 
on his native mountains. The third is the 
timid hare. I am afraid she is running from 
the pursuit of the dog. Ah! what a cruel 
thing it is to set dogs to hunt this beautiful 
little animal. 



Barton, Harvey, and Co, Printer?, Gracechurch-strect.